September 25, 2006

Consultant fined over $17K for failing to obtain required approvals

RICHMOND HILL, ONT-Fred Angotti, president of Ander Engineering & Associates, recently pleaded guilty to two charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and was fined a total of $17,600 plus victim fine surcharges. In 2003, a housing developer contracted the consulting engineering firm to obtain the necessary certificates of approval (C of As) to build water and sewage mains in a development in the city of Vaughan, just above Toronto's northwest boundary. Construction of the water and sewage mains began in the fall of 2003, and was completed by the end of the year. In July 2004, a York Region employee informed the Ministry of Environment (MOE) that water and sewage mains in the housing development had been constructed without the required C of As. An investigation by the ministry's investigations and enforcement branch confirmed the claim. It also found that the C of A application submitted by Ander Engineering in September 2003 had been returned because it was incomplete. Angotti had told the developer that all necessary approvals had been obtained. The company president pleaded guilty to a charge of establishing a water works without a C of A (contrary to section 52(1) of the OWRA) and one charge of establishing a sewage works without a C of A (contrary to section 53(1) of the Act).

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